How to Start Fresh in Quicken

by Lori Kaufman

Quicken helps you manage your personal, as well as your business, finances. The program stores the data in a data file on your hard disk and is able to use it even if you reinstall the program. If you want to start fresh in Quicken, you have to options: delete the data file or rename the data file. Deleting the data file erases all your old data, while renaming the data file forces Quicken to create a new file. Renaming the file is a better option because it enables you to start fresh and also keep your old data as a backup.

1

Launch Quicken, click "File" and choose "Show This File on My Computer" to open the folder that contains the data file using the File Explorer. The file is selected automatically.

2

Close Quicken because you can't change the name of the data file while Quicken is running.

3

Right-click the data file and choose "Rename" from the context menu to edit the file and extension of the file.

4

Select the extension of the data file and change it to something else, such as ".bak" for example.

5

Press "Enter" and click "Yes" to change the file type. Launch Quicken to start fresh; the new user wizard opens like it did the first time you started the program.

Tips

  • You can create a second data file by clicking "File" and choosing "New Quicken File" from the menu.
  • The Quicken data file has a ".qdf" extension.
  • To delete the data entirely, select the data file, if it's not already selected, press "Delete" and click "Yes."

Warning

  • Information in this article applies to Quicken Deluxe 2013. It may vary slightly or significantly with other versions or products.

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